Thursday 8 December 2016

Dad-of-two dies in early morning canal crash

Published 27/04/2016 | 07:33

A man has died after the car in which he was travelling in entered the canal just off the R403 near Allenwood, Co Kildare. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
A man has died after the car in which he was travelling in entered the canal just off the R403 near Allenwood, Co Kildare. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
A man has died after the car in which he was travelling in entered the canal just off the R403 near Allenwood, Co Kildare. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

A man in his 30s has died after the car he was driving left the road and entered the Grand Canal near Allenwood in Co Kildare early this morning.

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Emergency services were called to the scene just before 6am after a passer-by spotted the car in the water.

It is unclear how the car left the road but sources at the scene reported that it was submerged in the water after it crashed.

The man's body was removed to Naas General Hospital where a post mortem will be carried out, and the scene is being preserved pending an examination by crash investigators.

This morning the car could be seen on its roof partially submerged in the canal where the emergency services had pulled it in towards the narrow road that links Allenwood to the townland of Killinagh.

The area where the incident happened is on a narrow road just off the R403 near Allenwood.

A man has died after the car in which he was travelling in entered the canal just off the R403 near Allenwood, Co Kildare. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
A man has died after the car in which he was travelling in entered the canal just off the R403 near Allenwood, Co Kildare. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The man who died is in his mid 30s and from the Carbury area, not far from where his car crashed.

Locals, who knew the man who died, arrived at the scene this morning in shock.

They said the man was a single father of two young children who lived and worked locally.

A woman who lives beside where the incident occurred said she did not hear the car tumble off the road.

"The first I knew about it was when I saw the fire brigade outside the house at around 6.15 this morning," she said.

"It's not unusual for cars to go into the canal around here. It has happened before," she added.

One local who came to the scene said the narrow road is not lit at night and there is no barrier between it and the canal.

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